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WC Warm-up: Rahul, Dhoni fashion India's big win over Bangladesh


CARDIFF: KL Rahul's stylish hundred at No 4 and a throwback to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's days of yore had been the large beneficial properties for India in their emphatic 95-run win over Bangladesh in the second World Cup warm-up recreation on Tuesday.


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Rahul (108 off 99 balls) took the attack again to the opposition after early dismissals whilst Dhoni's free-spirited approach also got him a century (113 off 78 balls) as their 164-run stand powered India to 359 for 7 against a Bangladesh attack that went off the boil.

Bangladesh batsmen barring Liton Das (73) and Mushfiqur Rahim (90), who added 120 runs for the 3rd wicket, had been never in charge. They had been all-out for 264 in 49.three overs.

If Rahul and Dhoni had been the most important positives to have emerged from batting, Kuldeep Yadav (three/47 in 10 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (three/55 in 10 overs) also won in much-needed confidence going into the tournament proper.

It was a walk in the park for India, whose pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled simplest 14 out of the 49.three overs.

For skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, the most important pride needs to be Rahul's efficiency at No 4. His method was best and the risk-free attacking batting as in keeping with Shastri's lingo was "just what the doctor ordered".

And what may just make Rahul's case even more potent is the truth that Vijay Shankar had a forgettable recreation (2 off 7 balls and zero/46 in 6 overs) in both departments.

Rahul and Dhoni had contrasting approaches in their batting, which yielded favourable results for the name contenders. Dhoni used the platform created by Rahul to release a brutal assault in the ultimate overs to take the ranking previous 350.

While Shikhar Dhawan (1) was again in the hut after being adjudged plumb in-front by Mustafizur Rahaman, Rohit Sharma (19 off 42 balls) struggled for the easier part of his keep, even as skipper Kohli (47 off 46 balls) appeared forged on the other finish.

Rahul appeared forged from the start and found the gaps very easily, hitting 12 boundaries and 4 sixes. Dhoni's innings had 8 boundaries and as many as seven sixes.

With the composed Dhoni dealing with the singles and the occasional boundary, Rahul was in his flowing self all through his keep on the crease. However, after the primary 25 balls through which Dhoni scored 24, he all at once changed gears, attacking younger off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Bangladesh had been left ducking for cover.

Rahul started with a cut off Abu Jayed followed by an off-drive. Jayed again and again supplied him width and he beat the off-side cordon very easily.

When Shakib bowled short, he was dispatched over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.


The rusty Shakib (2/58 in 6 overs) was taken to the task by both Rahul and Dhoni, who got easy runs off the arena's No. 1 ranked all-rounder. Rahul hit Mustafizur (1/43 in eight overs) for 2 sixes over sq. leg earlier than being dismissed by Sabbir Rahaman's part-time spin in the 44th over.


Dhoni then took over and the closing overs produced 91 runs with the veteran taking Rubel Hossain (2/62 in eight overs) to the task in the 45th and 47th overs, scoring 25 runs. In between, the 46th over from Sabbir fetched India 15 runs.


His century came with a signature Dhoni six -- a down the ground shot off a duration delivery from Jayed.





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